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Venomous ticks??

Ticks are blood-sucking arthropods that can act as vectors for various diseases in both animals and humans. A recent article published in Frontiers in Zoology summarizes findings that suggest ticks may also be considered venomous ectoparasites. For example, Ixodes holocyclus is a species of Australian tick whose saliva can induce paralysis in humans and animals. According to the new article, about…

It should be noted that the theory of dolphins getting “high” off puffer fish is highly controversial as others have mentioned that tetrodotoxin, the neurotoxin released from puffer fish, is famous for causing paralysis making it more of a poison as opposed to a good time. It is reportedly more potent than cyanide. In fact,…

A new documentary from BBC called “Spy in the Pod” has captured what they claim to be footage of dolphins using puffer fish to reportedly “get high”. According to a quote from the Daily Mail, “Zoologist and series producer Rob Pilley said that it was the first time dolphins had been filmed behaving this way.”…

Dr. George Chandy at the University of California, Irvine discovered a toxin in Caribbean sun anemones (see photo) in 1984 and has spent his career studying the toxin. Prior work by his team suggested that a synthetic version of a peptide (ShK-186) from the toxin may help treat autoimmune disease.  It works by blocking a…